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October 30th, 2008

Happy Halloween, Dear Readers. We’re Trick or Treating today.

In addition to the recipe at the end of this entry, I’m entering everyone who comments between now and November 8 in a drawing to receive a free copy of my newest book, The Sky Took Him, which will be released in January. All you have to do is click on the word “comments” at the very bottom of this entry, and write something in the box. You don’t have to say anything profound – just write “hi, Donis,” if you wish. I’ll put your e-mail address in a hat with the others and draw a winner on November 9. Then I’ll notify the winner by e-mail, and make arrangements to send her or him a copy of the book when it comes out. Good luck!

And whether you make a comment or not, if you bake Impossible Pumpkin Pie, you’ll get a treat that is also a trick! Pumpkin Pie is just the ticket for this time of year, and the following recipe is for the easiest and most amazing pumpkin pie you’ll ever make. This is my mother’s recipe, and I’m presenting it here exactly as she wrote it down.

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs
1/2 cup biscuit mix 1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
2 tsp. butter 2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk 2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch pie pan. Beat all ingredients until smooth. Pour into pan. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.

(No, you don’t make a crust. The pie will make its own crust. – Donis)

28 Responses to “Trick or Treat!”

  1. Gayle Trent

    Hi, Donis:

    This pie sounds delicious. . . and so easy even I could make it!

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Margo Dill

    WOW! That is super easy and I might just try it for this Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.


  3. kate kelly gallegos

    Hi Doris-love the recipe-it’s my Dad’s favorite so will have to try this one-thanks!

  4. Krysten

    The pumpkin pie sounds great. I’m trying to find a gluten-free pumpkin crust to make my own.

  5. Cath

    Hi Donis,

    I love pumpkin pie! Plus, I have the Cathy Hall 15 Minute Rule of Cooking (The prep part, not the cooking…though if I can be done in 15 minutes, that’s really swell!)This recipe looks like it fits in all the right places. Well, except maybe my waist…Thanks!

  6. LuAnn

    Good recipe! I’m going to try it for dinner tonight! Thanks. LuAnn

  7. Marian Allen

    Thanks for the recipe, Donis. You have a wonderful blog.

  8. Dana

    I msut try this recipe…

  9. Carolyn

    Hi — This takes me back to the Hayden Library and I won’t disclose how many years ago — when you told me about this makes its own crust business.

    Cheers, Carolyn

  10. Donis Casey

    Carolyn, I’ve been counting on my fingers, and OMG! Don’t tell anyone how long ago that was.

  11. Donis Casey

    Krysten, if you try this with a gluten free biscuit mix, let me know how it works. I know some folks who’d be very interested.

  12. Pamela Brewster

    Hi Donis! I can’t wait to try the pumpkin pie recipe. I have never tried a recipe that makes it’s own pie crust. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Irene Bennett Brown

    I wonder what would happen if I tossed in a handful of pecans. Would they rise to the top and the crust to the bottom? Hey, I may try it. In any regard, nothing could be easier than the recipe you offer, Donis.

  14. Donis Casey

    Irene, I actually thought of trying this. If you try it before I do, let me know if it works, and I’ll do the same.

  15. Janice Ben

    Hello Donis, Living in Oklahoma I love to read books about our state, and reading about the time when my grandparents were young gives us all time to think about how hard the times were, but they made it. My mother who is 80 loves to read your books, So many Thanks, Looking forward to the other books, Janice

  16. Donis Casey

    Hi, Janice – thanks so much for he good words, and my very best regards to your mother.

  17. Taunna Jarvimaki

    There is never a bad Pumpkin Pie Recipe! I wanted to share that your post about Laundry Day struck a familiar chord with me only from a time when I was a young mother with a toddler in tow and living out of a camper at a National Park. Laundry Day was a large blue Canning/Bather over a fire pit, and me standing over the pan rubbing each piece of laundry together with my bare hands until I had blisters on the back of all my fingers! Wow, I truly love my washer and dryer just down the hall from my living room!

  18. Carol

    I had forgotten about Mama’s impossible pie recipe. Thanks for the reminder!
    Did you end up with the recipe box and books that were in the drawer in the kitchen or does our sis-in-law have them?
    I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic lately and making this pie and the fruit cocktail cake may be “just the thing”!

  19. Donis Casey

    Carol,I don’t have the recipe box. I got that recipe out of the Bourland family cookbook. Go hunt up your copy and it’ll satisfy every nostalgic craving you ever had.

  20. Donis Casey

    Taunna, I love your story! Imagine life before washers AND disposable diapers!

  21. Janice Ben

    Donid, Reading about laundry day from Taunna made me think of what my mother said about laundry day when she was first married and living close to my dad’s family, his Aunt would do her and her siter and brother’s laundry in a big black iron pot, there was one for washing and for the rinse water, and you never wash the whites in the same water as the colored clothes, so fresh water for her each time she put in a load of clothes. Now this Aunt was a little diffrent, she washed her clothes a piece at a time, my mother said it would take her all day and sometimes two to do the laundry, luckey for my mother she had a wash tub and board and later a wringer washer, with a double tubs for the rinse water, and later when we kids came alone it was bath water or play water, and we thought we were up town. Just thought I would share, Janice

  22. Janice Ben

    Donis, Sorry about the spelling on your name, was not watching and did not double check befor I sent, Janice

  23. Corey Wilde

    I have that same recipe and it’s terrific. I confess that I add extra spice, I just love pumpkin pie spice.

    I’m too young to remember doing the laundry with kettle and fire. We had the old wringer washer and a pair of #9 washtubs for rinsing. And in the winter my Mom would hang the clothes inside to dry. We actually had lines strung in the kitchen. The kitchen would get so humid that the walls were damp. And my Dad, at 6’3″, had to be careful not to strangle himself on the lines.

  24. Donis Casey

    Don’t worry about spelling, Janice. I answer to anything that starts with a D.

  25. Annette

    The recipe sounds great. I’m going to have to make it for my Dad. He loves anything pumpkin.

  26. Carol Theoharous

    I love Impossible Pie recipes and this one using pumpkin sounds delicious.

    Glad you decided to commit to writing!

  27. Donis Casey

    Carol, somehow your long comment didn’t come through on the website, but I did get it – thanks so much for your nice words about my writing, and I appreciate your condolences on my cat. As for how cats know where they belong – it’s a mystery. They are psychic creatures, though, aren’t they?

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